“So let’s give our kids Jesus and trust Him to lead, even if we don’t see results for five years, ten years, or until the other side of this life. Because no matter what their spiritual futures contain–the new trends, new kind of church, new worldview, new systems–Jesus will remain. He is the only constant, the only Savior that held through the ages.” –For the Love
I came across these words today as I was reading a chapter in Jen Hatmaker’s latest book, For the Love.
I often bear the full weight of my children’s morality and salvation on my shoulders. It’s quite a heavy weight to carry. I look around and see the world as less than an ideal place for them to grow up. I see politics, media, and worldviews through a lens that provokes fear.
How do I protect my kids? How do I make sure they grow up believing in truth? What if I’m wrong in the things I teach and enforce? What happens if [**worst case scenario here**] happens?
The pressure is sometimes unbearable, and I become claustrophobic under its weight. But you know the huge thing that I miss while I am shrinking back in fear?
He didn’t come so that we could earn our salvation, win political wars, or raise nearly perfect children. He actually came for the exact opposite. So we wouldn’t have to do these things. The best thing I can do for my children is to introduce them to Jesus. It’s simple. No strings attached. No hidden agendas.
God uses us, but he doesn’t need us. To think we are needed actually distorts His power. He loves and wants good things for us, but He doesn’t need me to raise my children with constant moral rearing. Discipline? Sure. Boundaries? Yep. But complete protection? No.
Jesus is unchanging in a changing world. He is peace amidst anxiety. He is joy among distress. He is truth among doubt. He is grace, and that is the bottom line.
More than anything in this world, I am thankful to know Jesus, and I am thankful that my children will know Him too. Through Him, I can trust that everything else will fall into place as He carries my burdens and leads my family.
My job is to simply rest easy and follow Him.
What a comfort.